Back to School Facts! Did You Know?

Here’s 7 Back to School facts: One for every day of this new week!

In the US, over $8 Billion is spent on back-to-school clothing, with another $2.5 Billion spent in bookstores. It’s no wonder why our Old Navy and Target in Waugh Chapel were packed with Moms, Dads and CES kids this past weekend!

Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million US children to and from school every weekday and drive 5.8 billion miles annually. So, Look Out Drivers — Yellow Frequently Stopping Buses are Back on the Parkway!

Pencil or Pen! Which is better? Well, the pencil can be used in zero gravity, can write upside down and even under water, and if you put a pencil in a box or drawer for 100 years, it will still write when your great grand-children pull it out. The pen? Well, it is mightier than the sword!

Boston Latin School, the oldest school in America, opened its doors in 1635. Five (5) of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are graduates. They are: Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams, and William Hopper. CES, is the oldest elementary in Crofton, opened in 1969.

Anyone worried about overcrowding in our schools? The largest school, in terms of pupils, in the world is the City Montessori School, located in Lucknow India. Set up by Ghandi in 1959 and opened with only 5 students, there are now 52, 000 students. In contrast, CES has approximately 685 students.

Crayola produces nearly 3 Billion crayons each year – that’s an average of 12 million every day. The most popular color? Blue — of course! Each of our kids, on average, will wear down 720 crayons before (s)he turn 10 years old. The remaining nubs can be melted down and recycled. Crayola even has a toy for that!

While Lucy van Pelt suggests Charlie Brown may suffer from “Pantophobia,” which is the fear of everything, the phobia is not actually recognized by the medical field (What can Ol’ Chuck expect for 5¢). However, 2.4% of children suffer from Didaskaleinophobia, the medically recognized fear of going to school. We were unable to find data on how many teachers suffer from this phobia.

Enjoy your Back-To-School Week. And be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 6th: Back-To-School Night —– AND, Wednesday, September 14th for our PTA Ice Cream Social and Meeting.



Drive Safely – Make it a Priority!

More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program.

Drivers No Texting While DrivingWith the major redesign of the school driveway and parking lot at our school, it is important that drivers make safe driving their number one priority. Please consider the following points when you are driving on Duke of Kent Drive and on School property:

  1. Absolutely no phone calls (hands-free or not) or texting. There is no call or message that is so important, that it can’t wait for five minutes to ensure the safety of our children.
  2. Follow Staff/Volunteer directions. School staff and WatchDOGS volunteers will be assisting with traffic control, to ensure the safety of our children. Be patient and be a role model.  When you respect and obey staff/volunteer direction, your children are more likely to show the same respect.  Remember, pull forward and only stop to unload when/where staff/volunteers tell you.
  3. In the Hug n’ Hop lane, your child should enter/exit from the right side of the vehicle, directly onto the sidewalk. Do not allow your child to enter/exit from the left side of the vehicle, as there is an active passing lane.
  4. Drivers must avoid getting out of their vehicle in the Hug n’ Hop lane. Staff/Volunteers will help a child in need. Alternatively, temporarily park in the parking lot instead of the Hug n’ Hop lane.



Volunteer Leaders Needed!

BenFranklinquoteBenjamin Franklin reminds us of how important volunteerism is, to our community and to self.  We begin our school year with a number of leadership vacancies in our PTA programs.  Committee Chairpersons, Program Leaders and Co-Leaders are essential to keep these programs going.  We need your help.  Please consider signing up for one of these important roles and share your talents.

If you are interested, please contact our PTA President at

Listed below are the vacancies that urgently need your leadership!

Committee Program Role
Community Events Family Fun & Game Night Program Leader
Community Events Holly Jolly Workshop Program Co-Leader
Community Events Monster Mash Program Co-Leader
Community Events Navy Basketball Spirit Night Program Leader
Community Events Talent Show Program Co-Leader
Enrichment Accelerated Math Fluency Program Leader
Enrichment PAW Printers Program Co-Leader
Enrichment Reading Olympics Program Leader
Fundraising Direct Ask Fundraiser Program Leader
Fundraising Fun Run Fundraiser Program Leader
Legislative Stay at Home Parents (SAHP) Chairperson
Legislative Ways and Means Chairperson
Volunteerism Book Fair Program Leader
Volunteerism Kindergarten Registration Program Leader
Volunteerism School Supply Kits Program Co-Leader
Volunteerism Teacher Office Support Program Leader

Did You Order a School Supply Kit?

Schoolkidz iconIf you ordered a SchoolKidz school supply kit this past June, please pick up your kit(s) in the Cafeteria at Meet the Teacher BEFORE going to your child’s new classroom.  In the past, PTA has been able to deliver the kits to the classrooms before Meet the Teacher — unfortunately our delivery will not arrive with sufficient time to sort and distribute.

PTA does not have spare kits available for sale.

If you did not purchase the school supply kit and need to know what to by, please see this school supply list –>CES School Supply List SY 2016-17


Hug & Hop Volunteers Needed

WatchDOGS circle logoCalling all WatchDOGS! There is an urgent call to action. With the chronic traffic pattern challenges at our school, there is an urgent need for volunteers to help with Hug & Hop morning arrivals and afternoon dismissal at the school. WatchDOGS are needed to assist faculty and staff with car rider arrival and dismissal (providing instructions to drivers), and help students arrive and depart school safety. This is about ensuring a safe, secure start to our student’s school year, during the first two weeks. Like last year, we need 3-4 volunteers each morning. If you can make the time, please sign-up!  Click on this SignUpGenius link –>


Back to School Shopping with AmazonSmile

amazonSupport the CES PTA when you shop for back-to-school items. Go to and Amazon matches a percentage of your purchase amount with a direct donation to your PTA.  This works with AmazonPrime too!  AmazonSmile is not supported by Amazon apps on iPhones and Android devices — you need to use your web browser with the link above.



Meet the Teacher and More

meet_teacherTeacher assignments will be posted on the main entrance doors after 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 17th.  Additional communications from school officials are forthcoming,  In the meantime, be sure to save the date for Thursday, August 18th for the following schedule:

ACC Family Orientation from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

New Student Orientation from 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Meet the Teacher from 2:30pm – 3:30pm



Announcing the new and improved website

Website iconWe hope that our CES families had a safe and enjoyable summer. We have been pretty busy since the end of school, preparing for the many fun and enriching programs and events for school year 2016-17. We would also like to welcome the new families joining our school community. Here are a few announcements and an urgent request for volunteers.

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Crofton Elementary School PTA website. This new website has tons of enhancements like a greatly improved community calendar that can sync with your iPhone and Android calendar apps, online forms with credit card payment enablement for paperless transactions for PTA membership, donations and yearbook orders. Our new website is your central source for all the fun and exciting enrichment programs and volunteer opportunities. Bookmark this page TODAY!


Sign-Up for E-News TODAY!

enews iconWith the launch of our new website, comes a greatly enhanced electronic newsletter (E-News). If you are a current E-News subscriber, you will need to go to the website and subscribe for our new E-News service. Anyone in your household can subscribe – you don’t need to be a PTA member to be included on our distribution list. You can unsubscribe at any time. The old E-News service and distribution list was canceled on August 1, 2016.

Subscribe TODAY by going to the right, under Subscribe to E-News, enter your email address and click the Subscribe button.

Smartphone and Tablet users, click here.


Volunteers Needed for School Start-Up

volunteers-neededTeachers are already back to work, preparing their classrooms and curriculum for the new school year.  PTA has been asked to assist with a couple of activities.  We have launched a SignUpGenius page to enable you to sign up to be a volunteer.  We are in urgent need of volunteers (bring your kids too) for the following activities:

SchoolKidz distribution.  We need volunteers to help sort and stage the school supply kits in the Cafeteria.  Your point of contact is John Juppé (   We are awaiting confirmation on delivery, but planning for Thursday, August 18 from 9:00am to noon.  Volunteers will meet in the cafeteria.

Welcome Packets.  The school officials need our assistance in assembling the packet of documents that need to go home with students on their first day of school.  Volunteers are needed to collate the documents into packets then distribute to the student’s desks in each classroom.  Your point of contact is John Juppé (  We are planning to meet in the cafeteria on Friday, August 19 at 9:00am.  Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer for these events, please click on this link à